03/20/18 08:23

Regional Seminar for OIE National Focal Points for Veterinary Products (5th Cycle)

Bangkok, 20-22 March 2018

The fifth seminar for National Focal Points (FPs) for Veterinary Product is planned to be held from 20 to 22 March 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand.  This seminar will build on previous seminars and focus on antimicrobial stewardship and AMR, regulatory convergence in the registration of veterinary medicinal products, as well as the quality of veterinary drugs, with particular emphasis on anti-parasitic drugs. It is also a fact that some of the FPs have either been replaced or some are not very active who needed to be informed on the roles and responsibilities and the new developments. 

In line with the FAO-OIE-WHO Tripartite Agreement (2010), representatives from both WHO and FAO will be invited to the seminar. The experts from the OIE Collaborating Centres (OIE CCs) in France, Japan and United States will technically support the seminar like previous times.

The seminar will provide the FPs with:

  • Information on the roles and responsibilities of OIE National Focal Points for Veterinary Products and the OIE standards and guidelines, VICH and issues about veterinary products;
  • Knowledge and example of good governance of Veterinary Medicinal Products (VMPs) that will assist MCs to improve their regulatory authorisation/registration framework;
  • Knowledge of Antimicrobial use and resistance, focusing on the tripartite activities, result of the OIE data collection of quantitative data, OIE strategy on AMR and the prudent use of antimicrobials. A group exercise to help Member Countries (MCs) improve the possible reporting opinion;
  • Knowledge and example on how to fight against with illegal veterinary drugs;
  • Opportunities to learn and share the information on anti-parasitic drugs that will be covered regarding the issue of resistance and the need for prudent use.

After the two and half day training seminar, the FPs will:

  • Strengthen their capacity to collect and provide information to the OIE questionnaire on antimicrobial agents intended for use in animals as well as choose a more advanced option of the questionnaire;
  • Develop a better understanding of the FAO-OIE-WHO Tripartite activities;
  • Update on the situation of prudent and responsible use of antiparasitic and improve the awareness of antiparasitic resistance;
  • Assist MCs to set up or improve their legislation, regulation, technical standards or guidelines to have a practical regulatory framework for the management of veterinary medicinal products; and
  • Be provided with concrete proposals and examples on how various stakeholders could contribute to the fight against illegal veterinary drugs.